Caring for People with Dementia

Aimed at those who are caring for someone with Dementia.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course has been developed for anyone who is new to, will soon be involved in, or is currently involved in caring for someone with dementia, whether within the family or as a professional, either at home or as part of a team in a residential facility.

Learners will find out about the meaning of the term dementia, its causes and the possible effects the condition may have on people as it progresses. The course also looks at the importance of good communication and interaction between carers and the people they support and identifies strategies for coping with challenging behaviour.

What you will experience

Unit 1: An introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Defines the term ‘dementia’ and identifies its main causes. You will look at the different stages involved in the condition and identify the types of care that a person might need at each stage. The Unit concludes by considering why tracking the progression of the condition is so important for everyone concerned.

Unit 3: Looks at why good communication between the Carer and a person with dementia has such a positive impact on every aspect of the latter’s daily life, and provides pointers for improving communication skills in different situations with people at different stages of the condition. The guidance in this Unit is useful to anyone who is about to take on (or has recently taken on) a caring role at home or in a residential facility.

Unit 4: Begins by looking at creating a safe environment for people with Dementia and goes on to identify key principles of personal care and provides tips for applying good practice while carrying out daily tasks. This Unit enables learners to approach their responsibilities confidently and to employ safe and effective ways of caring for people with dementia.

Unit 5: Identifies the kinds of challenging behaviour that Carers need to be prepared for when caring for someone with Dementia. It looks at possible causes and suggests ways of coping in different situations, and enables learners to deploy suitable strategies to reduce the impact of – or even prevent – the types of behaviour discussed.

Unit 6: Explores different ways of helping people with dementia to keep busy and stimulated, and to enjoy life for as long as possible. This is relatively straightforward in the early to middle stages of the disease, but can often present challenges to Carers in the later stages. This Unit concludes by providing learners with guidance on identifying suitable activities and types of exercise which people in their care will enjoy and which will help them remain physically and mentally active.

Unit 7: Looks at how people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs change as Dementia progresses. It also explains the importance of looking after yourself when caring for other people. This Unit enables learners to determine whether people in their care are in pain, discomfort or distress after they have lost the ability to express these directly. It also enables learners to provide suitable and effective care through the last stages of a person’s life with the help of medical and nursing staff.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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